Director Fred Kelemen

Production year 1994

Length 80min.

Country Germany


The paths of people from various countries cross during the course of one night. They speak different languages, but they are fatefully bound together by the solitary quest for happiness and deliverance. Sloping paths are all that's left for them in an age of lost perspectives, lost refuges and lost homelands. They sink deeper with every movement that should be liberating them. Every gesture of love becomes a gesture of humiliation. The desperate dance of their life has become a passionate dance of death. In the centre of this centrifuge at the end of the millennium the Russian emigrant Valery and his lover Ljuba are turning around each other in a nocturnal round dance of desire and pain, hope and violence and the indestructible will to survive.


Fred Kelemen
Fred Kelemen



Christian Hohoff


Fred Kelemen

Director of Photography

Fred Kelemen

Production designer

Fred Kelemen


Regina Kraeh


Fred Kelemen


Sanja Spengler, Valerij Fedorenko

Production company(ies)

Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany

Fred Kelemen

Fred Kelemen was born in West Berlin/Germany.He studied painting, music, philosophy, religious science and drama studies and worked in various theatres as a director’s assistant before beginning his studies in directing and cinematography at the German Film & TV Academy Berlin (dffb) from 1989 to 1994. For his diploma film Fate he received the German National Film Award in 1995. Since then, he has made a number of films and videos as director and collaborated as cinematographer with several film directors like Joseph Pitchhadze (Sweets, Israel 2013), Béla Tarr (Journey to the Plain, Hungary 1995, The Man from London, Hungary/France/Germany 2007, The Turin Horse, Hungary, France, USA, Germany 2011 ), Rudolf Thome (The Visible and the Invisible, Germany 2006), Gariné Torossian (Stone, Time, Touch, Canada/Armenia 2005). Since 1995, he has worked as an associate professor and has given master classes and lectures at the following institutions: Centre of Cinematographical Studies of Catalania (C.E.C.C.) in Barcelona/Spain, College of Fine Arts (ESBAG) in Geneva/Switzerland, Harvard University/USA, Kidderminster College/England, Latvian Cultural Academy (LKA) in Riga, University of Santiago de Chile - Department of the Arts and Sciences of Visual Medias, Thammasat University Bangkok/Thailand, German Film and TV Academy Berlin (dffb)/Germany, Tel Aviv University – Department of Film and Television/Israel, National School of Fine Arts (ENBA) Lyon/France, Film Factory Sarajevo/Bosnia-Hercegovina and at the HBK Saar in Saarbrücken, Germany. Since 2000, he has directed several plays at different theatres in Germany. Retrospectives of his work have been presented at places like the Anthology Film Archives, New York, the Tate Modern London, the Hungarian National Film Theatre Budapest and at cinematheques, film museums and film festivals worldwide. With his film production company Kino Kombat Filmmanufactur he produced his film Krisana/Fallen (Co-prod.: Laima Freimane/Screen Vision, Latvia, 2005) and he produced or co-produced the films Moskatchka by Annett Schütze (Co-prod.: Laima Freimane/Screen Vision, Latvia, 2005) and Fragment by Gyula Maár (Prod.: Béla Tarr/TTFilmmühely, Hungary, 2007) and Hand in Hand by Jana Marsik (Co-prod.: Laima Freimane/Screen Visison, Latvia - Jana Marsik, Gemany, 2008). Fred Kelemen is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)/USA, the European Film Academy (EFA), the German Film Academy and of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP).


Kalyi (1993), Verhängnis (1994), Frost (1998), Abendland (1999), Krišana (2005), Sarajevo Songs of Woe (2016).

FILMS 2016